Valley in the Triglav National Park, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Triglav National park

The Triglav National Park is the only Slovenian national park. It was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). The interesting fact is that the mountain is a true national symbol and it is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag.

General info:

  • The national park extends along the Italian border and close to the Austrian border in the north-west of Slovenia.
  • It covers 880 square kilometres, or 3% of the territory of Slovenia.
  • It is one of the oldest European parks; the first protection dates back to 1924 when the Alpine Conservation Park was founded

How to get to the Triglav National park?

By car: You can get by car to the Triglav National Park:

  • from Italy at the Predel pass and at the Kluže fortress from Bovec (the Loška Koritnica Valley)
  • along the Soča valley from Bovec below the hamlet of Kršovec,
  • from Tolmin at the Tolminka troughs, in the Lower Bohinj valley at the village of Polje, in the Upper Bohinj Valley at the villages of Srednja vas, Koprivnik and Podjelje
  • from the direction of Bled at the foot of Zatrnik, at Krnica in the Radovna valley and at Podhom – Vintgar Gorge
  • from the direction of the Upper Sava Valley at Mojstrana on the roads to the Vrata Valley and to the Radovna Valley with Kot and Krma and at Kranjska Gora on the roads towards Vršič and Planica.

Parking is possible within the walking distance of the entrance. NOTE: The Triglav National Park Act prohibits the parking of motor vehicles, campers, and caravans outside the designated areas.

By bus: There are several bus lines which you could take to get to the Triglav National park.

  • from Ljubljana to TNP and the ticket costs around 6€
  • from Bohinj to TNP with ‘Hop-on-hop-off’ bus (5€ for adults; children under 10 years free). NOTE: the line runs from 28 June to 31 August
  • from Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz and Lake Bohinj (southeastern part of the park) every hour

NOTE: During summer months buses run from Kranjska Gora over the Vršič pass to Bovec (western part of the park).

By train:

  • from Ljubljana to the railway station Lesce – Bled, and from there with a local bus.
  • from Jesenice (connects Ljubljana with Austria) the train takes you to Nova Gorica and back.

NOTE: The railway stations of Lake Bled, Bohinjska Bistrica, Podbrdo, and Most na Soči are convenient starting points for the Triglav National Park.

Vintgar Gorge

What to do at the Triglav National park?

Hiking: The Triglav National park is the best for place in Slovenia for hiking and it has a great number of hiking trails, among which: the Soča Trail, the Tolminka troughs, the Triglavska Bistrica Trail in the Vrata valley the Pokljuka Trail and the Radovna Cycle Route.

The Soča trail has a guided tour if you are more comfortable to have a professional guiding you through the park. The walk itself is not difficult, it is suitable also for children and elderly people, provided they are in good physical condition. It is advisable to have suitable footwear and protection from the rain and wind.

  • meeting point is at the Soča Source Lodge at 9:00 am (every Thursday in July and August)
  • the price is 10€ per person, including entrance ticket to the Triglav National Park Information Centre
  • the excursion is carried out with a minimum of 5 participants

Climbing Triglav: There are three important ascent routes to Triglav:

  • the Bohinj Alpine Path, dedicated to the Bohinj mountaineers who were the first to ascend Triglav in 1778
  • the approach from the Upper Sava Valley (Mojstrana) dedicated to the renowned Triglav priest Jakob Aljaž
  • and the Trenta Route inspired by Dr Julius Kugy

A visit to Vintgar Gorge:

Vintgar Gorge is one of the most popular natural features in Triglav National park, so make sure not to miss out on this magnificent tourist attraction. It is situated in northeastern part of the park, 6km from the Lake Bled. The path in gorge is marked so you don’t have to worry about getting lost and the trip itself lasts around an hour.

How to get to Vintgar Gorge: If you’re coming by car from Bled (from the direction of motorway ‘Ljubljana – Jesenice’), turn right towards Pokljuka at the traffic light. Follow the main road and in Spodnje Gorje village turn right towards Vintgar. Park on the parking lot in front of a hut where admission fee is charged.

Ticket prices:

  • adults: 4€
  • groups above 10 people: 3€
  • children (6-16 years): 2€
  • children (below 6 years): 0.8€

The famous Vintgar Canyon and green river,Bled,Triglav,Slovenia,Europe

A visit to the Savica Waterfall:

Another hidden gem in the park is the Savica Waterfall. This waterfall is a headline attraction, 30 minute drive from Lake Bled. The walk to the Savica waterfall is a bit challenging, since it takes about 20 minutes of relentless climbing (almost 400 steps!). However, once you get there, all the effort will pay off because the view from the top of the waterfall is like from a fairytale.

NOTE: The entrance fee for the Savica Waterfall costs 3€.

Savica waterfall

How much does it cost to Visit National park Triglav?

Well, here is some good news. There is no entrance fee for visiting the national park you only have to pay the above mentioned fees if you visit Vintgar Gorge, the Savica Waterfall and a small fee if you wish to visit the Triglav National Park Information Centre.

Good to know when visiting Triglav National park

When planning a hiking tour, you should adapt the length and difficulty of the to your state of fitness, health status, experience, knowledge of the mountains, available equipment, and the weather forecast. If you’re not familiar with the area of the planned tour, consult an expert or hire a mountain guide.

Equipment: Make sure to wear proper footwear (high mountaineering boots with sharp rubber soles) and warm clothing. You should wear also a sun protection (sun glasses, cap or a hat). Bring first aid kit and orientation equipment.

Food: The closest restaurant are near Lake Bohinj and Bohinjska Bistrica so stock up on food and beverages before visiting the park.

Rules and restrictions:

  • Bathing and swimming, as well as all other recreational activities, are banned at alpine lakes
  • Camping outside specially designated areas is not allowed
  • Picking herbs and mushrooms is allowed if it’s for your own personal needs
  • Park trails are intended for hikers, and cycling along the trails is not permitted

Mountain river flow between stone.Waterfall Savica, Slovenia

Accommodation

If you are planning to spend a longer period of time at Triglav National park, you should book a room in one of the TNP mountain huts. The list of mountain huts in Triglav National park, as well as their opening times and telephone numbers, can be found at the website of the Alpine Association of Slovenia (AAS).

Accommodation is also available in some camping sites, hotels, guest houses, private rooms and holiday flats.

Other information

If you need more detailed information about the park, feel free to contact the park administration by phone or via e-mail.

Address: Triglav National Park, Ljubljanska cesta 27 ,4260 Bled, Slovenia
Phone: +386 4 578 02 00

Fax: +386 4 578 02 01
triglavski-narodni-park@tnp.gov.si

 

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